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Gender and the hybrid identity: On passing through

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This chapter is an attempt to develop discussions of &t;passing through,&t; particularly in terms of transgen-derism and transsexuality. It is argued in this chapter that the passing through gender (more specifically, gender borders or lines) is what can illustrate gendered identities and hybridity sometimes at its fullest. In sex, gender, and sexuality scholarship, for instance, the use of intersex, transsexuality, and homosexuality are seen as the outlier cases to explain the social norms of regulating two sexes, an equal number of genders (with an expected hierarchy between male and female), and a similar hierarchy of sexuality, with heterosexuality as the most privileged. What is aimed in this chapter is to go beyond signaling transsexuality as rule-breaker of normative sex-gender expectations (a view from the outside), in order to theorize the passing-through categories and the meaning-making in that movement (or inside processes).

Keywords: Gender; homosexuality; Hybrid; meaning- making; outlier; Passing; sexuality; transsexuality



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